The average board size is 10.2, a figure that has remained almost unchanged for a decade.
43% (64) of boards comprise more than 10 members. The largest board is found at Berkeley Group Holdings, with 15
The proportion of NEDs who are independent, excluding chairs, has remained relatively stable at 94% for
past decade (998 out of 1,058).
74% of boards in our sample are composed entirely of independent NEDs, representing 111 of the 150 total.
Executive chairs and vice chairs
There are four executive chairs (3%) in our sample: Nicholas Vetch at Big Yellow, William Jackson at Bridgepoint,
Said Darwazah (chair and acting CEO at our cut-off date) at Hikma Pharmaceuticals, and David McMurtry at
They are mostly founders or owners of the companies they chair.
There are three executive vice chairs in our sample who are also founders/owners: Will Adderley at Dunelm, Mazen
Darwazah at Hikma Pharmaceuticals, and Jock Miller at Melrose.
Executives on the board
97% of CEOs and 90% of CFOs sit on the board.
17% (26) of companies also have other C-suite, regional or divisional CEOs as board directors. Berkeley, Ocado,
NEXT each have five executives on the board — the largest number in our sample.
Length of service
The average tenure of non-executive directors currently in post (including chairs) has been stable for more than
decade, at around 4.2 years.
4% (45/1,058) of non-executive directors and 11% of non-executive chairs (16/146) have exceeded the recommended
limit of nine years. Explanations include having gone through recent acquisitions or waiting to conclude the CEO
CEO average tenure is now 5.3 years, continuing a two-year decline from 5.8 years in 2021 to 5.4 years in 2022.
However, the average tenure for current CEOs on the board is longer at 7.4 years. 59 CEOs were members
of their board before being appointed as CEO, broken down as follows:
CEOs’ Previous experience on the board
|Previous board role
||Number of CEOs
CFO average tenure has continued to increase slightly, from 4.2 in 2021 to 4.5 in 2022 and 4.7 in 2023.
CFO average tenure is steady at 4.7 years, the same as in 2022, up slightly from the 4.2 years recorded in 2021.
Tenure on board per role
|Minority ethnic directors
|CEOs (tenure in role)
|CFOs (tenure in role)
|Other executive directors on the board (tenure in role)
The average age of non-executive directors has increased from 59.9 to 60.9 years. The average age of
chairs has risen slightly from 65 to 65.1 years in 2023.
Female NEDs are slightly younger on average (59.3 years) than their male counterparts (62.5).
NEDs appointed over the past year (excluding chairs) are, on average, nearly two years younger (58.4) than those
are joining on the board (61.3).
CEOs are, on average, 56 years old; on average CFOs are three years younger (53.1). 3% of CEOs are under 45 (4).
Auto Trader has the youngest board, with an average of 51.5 years; 44% of its directors are under 50.